Wednesday, 10 July 2013
Council Priorities “Wrong” Says Local Conservative Deputy Chair
The Deputy Chair of two local Conservative organisations has questioned the priorities of Tameside Council regarding the Borough’s unemployed.
Liam Billington, who represents both ‘Ashton-Under-Lyne Conservatives’ and ‘Tameside and Oldham Conservative Future’ claims that the Council has the ‘wrong priorities for the people of Tameside’.
He said: “Last week Councillor Kieran Quinn launched the website ‘Help with Benefits’. This site is all about keeping people trapped on benefits. What the website doesn't help with is how people can get into work.”
A report by the Union Unison showed there are 9.9 people on unemployment benefits chasing every job advertised in Tameside. In neighbouring Trafford this figure is only 1.7 people.
Mr Billington went on to say: “Labour’s answer is not a ‘jobs bus’ but a ‘benefits bus’ – yet another way in which to trap more Tamesiders on a life of benefits. The Conservatives in government are encouraging that being in work pays – through increasing the basic Income Tax allowance, so a person on the minimum wage pays half of what they were under Labour, and introducing the benefits cap, so no-one on benefits receives more from the taxpayer than the average person earn from their job.”
He finished by saying: “I believe that local Labour councillors should be doing more to encourage more jobs to the area rather than encouraging a life of benefits through Benefits Buses and websites. The people of Tameside deserve better.” Source: In Tameside.com
I am not a natural conservative but I do have a lot of time for local Conservative activist Liam Billington who is without a doubt a rising political star. Hopefully Liam will soon be elected as a councillor which would be a great thing for all Tameside residents as Mr Billington is a formidable campaigner who is not afraid to point the finger at wrongdoers.
When Mr Billington becomes a councillor the local Labour Mafia's free run in Tameside would come to an abrupt end. Liam may just be one person, but his knowledge, courage and determination would be more than a match for all the Labour Mafia drones combined.
Roll on the elections and let's hope that soon there is a Cllr Billington in the Council Chamber. Tameside Citizen